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Quick Hits: Stanley Cup final dates, Eakins, McDonald, Nichol, Klimchuk, Morrissey, Richards and Zherdev

  • Bob McKenzie:  With the Blackhawks win and if both the Blackhawks and Bruins clinch their series in 5 games or less, the Stanley Cup final would start on Wednesday. In other words, if both series are over by Sunday night, the Cup finals will start on Wednesday. If they go past Sunday, it will start next Saturday.
  • Darren Dreger: Dallas Eakins spotted at Pearson International (Toronto), appears to be on way to Vancouver for 2nd interview.
  • Andy Strickland: Blues Andy McDonald retires from the NHL due to post-concussion concerns.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Scott Nichol retired from the NHL and will be the Predators director of player development.
  • Sam Carchidi: There have been talks with the Flyers, Penguins and NHL about an outdoor game at Penn State, but getting it done for next year may be tough.
  • Ryan Kennedy: Morgan Klimchuk and Josh Morrissey attended the Sabres combine.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Kings Mike Richards didn’t skate yesterday. (He skated on Wednesday with the extras)
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Nik Zherdev’s contract with Atlant will likely be terminated.

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Morning Hits: Stars, Koivu, Selanne, Niederreiter and Blues

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks GM Murray said the team will be different next year. He indicated that he’d like Saku Koivu to return, and will talk to Teemu Selanne over the next little while.
  • Anaheim Ducks: Murray on Teemu Selanne: “I’ll wait a while, go hit a few (golf) balls, go play with him and let him beat me, and then we’ll decide.”
  • Brian Costello: The Dallas Stars were cheering for the Bruins. If the Bruins make the Eastern Conference final, the Stars will get their 1st round pick. If they don’t, they’ll get a 2nd round pick. From the Jaromir Jagr trade.
  • B.D. Gallof: “Just to make this VERY clear… Nino Niederreiter is NOT being actively shopped. See his name coming up like forgone conclusion. To expand on Nino thoughts: yes, he is a tradable asset. however, when has Garth ever just traded off asset? Has to be right scenario. Also do not believe #isles will spend ANY rebuild assets for a goalie when vets aplenty.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A couple Blues GM Doug Armstrong quotes in case you missed them.

    “This is a public cry that for any GMs that have any 50-goal scorers that want to just send them to St. Louis, give me a call,” Armstrong said. “I spent the last two days going over the top 20 scorers the last few years, and most of them are drafted by their own teams. Reality is with free agency the way it is now, teams tie up those elusive top-end goal scorers.

    “If I can find a guy that can come in and help us score goals, certainly we’re going to look at doing it. But to think that that player is out there and teams say, ‘Geez, it’s St. Louis’ time to win, we’ll give you (Alex) Ovechkin,’ you’ve got to deal in reality. … It’s incumbent upon the players in this room to find out how to produce when the lights are the brightest to score those goals.”

    “We have players that have produced in the past that haven’t been able to get us over the hump in the playoffs, but they’re still in those prime years,” Armstrong said. “I believe that the home-grown talent can produce at those times. The easiest thing is to show somebody the door. It’s foolish if you’re not bringing in somebody that’s better.”

    Andy McDonald will be a UFA and is not expected to re-sign. Armstrong said they expect to re-sign all their RFAs including Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund.

    “I don’t see this being a huge free agency offseason for us,” he said. “I see it more taking care of our own business and then seeing if we want to re-arrange some of the chairs via trade.”

    Stewart, Berglund and David Perron could be players the Blues consider trading.

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Quick Hits: McDonald, Jovanovski, Brodeur, Letang, Matteau and Schroeder

  • Josh Rimer via twitter: The Panthers are expected to make an announcement on defenseman Ed Jovanovski’s future. Nick Kyproes via twitter: Jovanovski’s hip is still an issue. The retirement rumors are not true from what Kypreos has been told.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils Martin Brodeur said that a pinched nerve in his neck/upper back was causing numbness in his shoulder and arm.

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Escrow … Injury updates: Filppula, Helm, McDonald, Steen, Tarasenko, Lombardi and Schlemko … Lindback to start

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Red Wings could welcome some players back to the lineup in the next seven to 10 days.

    “We expect [Valtteri] Filppula back this week at some point on the Western Canada trip,” GM Ken Holland told Monday. “We’re expecting Darren Helm to come back after that trip, either at home to Minnesota or for the California trip. So we’ll get a few bodies back the next four or five games.”

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch: Blues Andy McDonald (knee) and Alex Steen (shoulder) could return the lineup on their three game home stand. McDonald and Steen have missed the last seven games. Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion) skated on Saturday.

    “I don’t talk too much about concussions, but it’s not about skating — there’s a lot of things,” Armstrong said. “Whether he plays on this home stand, the next two weeks, three weeks, the next month … you’re only creating false hope to your fans by putting a timetable on something that there isn’t a timetable.”

  • Norm Sanders via twitter: Update on Vladimir Tarasenko’s concussion, ”He’s been doing light skating, but nothing team-oriented”
  • Sarah McLellan via twitter: Coyotes Matthew Lombardi will be re-evaluated this morning to see if he’s able to return. David Schlemko is getting closer.

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Arnott Skating with Blues … Steen, McDonald and Tarasenko to be Evaluated Again … Injury to Ward … Bieksa with Groin Issue

  • Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Jason Arnott met with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on Saturday, and skated yesterday morning. He will practice with the team as they travel on their road trip to Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Anaheim. Andy McDonald skated yesterday for the second time since straining his knee. Alex Steen was put on the IR on Saturday with an upper-body injury. Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues will let Jason Arnott practice to see where he’s at. GM Doug Armstrong said there are no string attached.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that Alex Steen, Andy McDonald and Vladimir Tarasenko will be re-evaluated later this week. Steen could be the first to return to the lineup.
  • Luke DeCock via twitter: Hurricanes Cam Ward left last night’s game with what could be an ankle or groin injury. He didn’t look good leaving the ice. Chip Alexander via twitter: Coach Kirk Muller didn’t know the severity of Ward’s injury and added ”Hopefully he gets back soon.” He’ll be evaluated further today.

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Injury Notes: Wisniewski, McDonald, Steen, Khabibulin, McDonagh, Nash, Del Zotto, Brown, Kuba, Bolland, Salo and Michalek

  • Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski was put on the IR and will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a broken right foot.
  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues put Andy McDonald on the IR with a left knee injury. Alex Steen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Steen hasn’t be ruled out for tomorrow’s game.
  • BlueShirtsUnited: Defenseman Ryan McDonagh practiced with teammates today for an optional practice and will be returning to the lineup after missing one game. Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto also practiced, but are unsure if they’ll be able to get back into the lineup tomorrow.
  • Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators Milan Michalek practice today and will travel with the team. It’s unlikely that he plays tomorrow or over the weekend.

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Morning Rumors II: Tagging, Blues, Briere, Shattenkirk, Luongo and Schneider

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: On March 1st teams will be allowed to spend up to 10% of next season’s $64.3 million salary cap ceiling. The “tagging rule” usually doesn’t come into play until after the season. This will help teams like Chicago, Rangers, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, San Jose, Philadelphia, Vancouver, and Calgary. It may help lead to some trades.Free agency this year starts on July 5th, and teams are allowed to speak with free agents “no less than five days, and no more than a week before” free agency starts.

    As of now, it looks like the Capitals, Panthers, Blue Jackets and Jets are sellers.

    The Blues will have some free agents to take care of. The Blues and Patrik Berglund will wait until after the season to talk extension. The same is likely for Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk. Chris Stewart, Kris Russell, Andy McDonald and Matt D’Agostini also have expiring contracts.

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Sources are saying that Blues GM Doug Armstrong asked the Flyers about Daniel Briere. The Bruins are also said to have asked about his availability. The Flyers haven’t asked Briere if he’d waive his no trade clause, and it’s not known if they are interested in trading him. Briere did have this to say,

    “I don’t want to comment on anything at this point,” Briere told the Daily News. “Trades are not my department. I’ve been a Flyer for a long time. My heart belongs in Philadelphia with the Flyers. I can’t see myself playing anywhere else.”

    Briere carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit, but has a salary of $3 million for next year and $2 million in 2014-15.

    The Flyers are interested in Kevin Shattenkirk, but it would take a lot more than Briere to get him.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Roberto Luongo is 5-1-3 with a 2.11 GAA and .916, and has made it easy for Canucks GM Mike Gillis to hold on to him while looking for maximum return on any deal. The longer Luongo stays, the tougher it becomes for Corey Schneider. Gillis has been getting calls from teams interested in Schneider. It might be better in the short term if Schneider is moved. It’s presumed that they could get better package of players for Schneider than for Luongo. Schneider is under contract through 2014-15 at $4 million a year. If the Canucks were to move him, they would still have a world-class goalie in Luongo. The longer Luongo remains with the Canucks, the harder it becomes to move him before the summer. It may worthwhile seeing what you could get for Schneider.

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Injury Updates: Nash, Wisniewski, Johansson, Clutterbuck, Bourque, Brodeur, Malone, Lehtonen, Reimer, Frattin, Steen and McDonald

  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers Rick Nash doesn’t think he’ll be ready to go tonight. He won’t say what the injury is, saying it was a few things. When asked directly if it was a concussion, Nash said he wasn’t a doctor.
  • Brian McNally via twitter: The Capitals put Marcus Johansson on the IR with an upper-body injury retroactive to February 7th. He can be activated at any time.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Martin Brodeur will see a doctor today. It’s still possible that he’ll make the trip with the team to Winnipeg.
  • Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning’s Ryan Malone said he’s not sure if he’ll travel with the team when they leave on their 4-game road trip, but indicated he could join them at some point on it.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs James Reimer and Matt Frattin might be available for Thursday’s game against the Islanders. Colton Orr will be ready for tomorrow. Mike Brown is out with a lower-body injury.

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Holmstrom to retire today … Flames trade Karlsson … Injury notes: Burns, Briere, Bertuzzi, Colaiacovo, Green and McDonald

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Tomas Holmstrom will officially retire today. A press conference is scheduled for 4:30 at Joe Louis Arena.
  • Chicago Blackhawks: The Flames trade goalie Henrik Karlsson to the Blackhawks for a 2013 7th round pick that was previously acquired from the Senators. Karlsson will be assigned to the AHL.
  • Lou Korac via twitter: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that Andy McDonald is fine, took a couple stitches on the chin.

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Meeting starts at 2 this afternoon … Methot says ego’s are keeping sides apart

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: There could be as many as 25 players in New York, with likely 10 attending the meeting. The NHL isn’t concerned about the number of players.
  • Damian Cristodero via twitter: Martin St. Louis will be in New York, but not sure if he’ll be in the meetings. He’s not sounding that optimistic that these meetings will make a difference, ”I have no hope or expectations at this point,” he texted.
  • Kevin McGran via twitter: A labour negotiator told McGran that the ‘player-owner’ meeting is a big mistake on the union side of things. Players will be overmatched.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: There are some suggestions that the NHLPA would give in on “make whole” if the owners would give in on contract rights and proposed pension.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators Marc Methot,

    “I don’t think (we’re that far apart),” said Methot. “I think ego is a big thing right now that is keeping us apart. You’ve got some serious issues that have been resolved and now it’s just a matter of putting your ego aside and coming to a sound deal that is obviously fair and not to over the top for both sides.

    “I’m not saying you’re never going to have (egos) in the room. You’ve got big personalities. You’ve got successful people. It’s inevitable. I don’t care who you are. When you’re in that position, you’re going to have a sense of entitlement for certain things. You can’t control that.”

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Should Oilers trade Gagner? Blues interested in Morrow and Doan … Kulemin gets arbitration, Franson doesn’t … Purcell signs for $4.5 million per

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: It doesn’t make any sense for the Oilers to trade Sam Gagner unless they are able to get an exceptional return. He is still only 23, and is a good player even if he doesn’t improve. He has 220 points in 366 games, a 0.60 ppg pace, and puts him ahead of Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, Andrei Kostitsyn, Michael Ryder, Bryan Little and others over the same span. If they were to move him, it should be for either a better center or a high-end defenseman.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues GM Doug Armstrong acknowledged that he has been involved in trade discussions which could lead to a trade being done soon. The Blues want to add a top 4 defenseman, and he may have found a veteran forward to bring in. The Blues have interest in Stars Brenden Morrow, who is said to be available now. The Rangers, Sharks and Kings may also be calling the Stars. The Blues already have LWers in David Perron, Andy McDonald, Alex Steen (could move to center), Matt D’Agostini (Hitchcock prefers him on the right) and Jaden Schwartz (no guarantee he makes the roster next year). Morrow played in 57 games last year and missed time with neck and back issues. He has 1 year left on a 6 year, $24.6 million deal. He has a full no-trade clause. The Blues have also expressed interest in Shane Doan.
  • Kevin McGrann of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs filed for salary arbitration for Nikolai Kulemin, but not for defenseman Cody Franson. Kulemin’s agent has had only 1 negotiating session with the Leafs since the end of the season.

    “Kulemin loves the city and loves the organization a lot and would like to stay in Toronto,” said Greenstin. “But not everything is in my, and Kulemin’s, hands.

    “I believe the Leafs like him, but now it’s strictly business.”

    With the trade for James van Riemsdyk, Kulemin may have lost his spot on the 2nd line.

  • Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Sportsnet cites a Russian report that Alexander Semin is close on a 1 year deal with the Penguins. No comment from his agent.
  • Dave Lozo via twitter: “So the Rangers go into next season with Asham, Pyatt, Halpern and without Prust, Fedotenko, Mitchell, Gaborik (for 3 months). Yowser.”

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Petrov, Mayorov sign in KHL … Preds still hope to re-sign Suter and Weber … Coaching notes for Sharks, Canadiens … 5 priorities for Sens

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The two 2011 Stanley Cup Finals goaltenders, Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas, could find themselves on the trading block this summer. Luongo has given the Canucks a short list of teams he’s accept a trade too: possibly the Panthers, Lightning, Blackhawks and Maple Leafs. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has heard the rumors on Thomas:

    “I’ve seen speculation about moving a goalie, but I’m certainly not inclined to do that,” Chiarelli said.

    “Tim didn’t have statistically the year he had the year before, but I thought he had a very good year. We have, if not the best, one of the top goaltending tandems in the league.”

    The Predators still believe they’ll be able to re-sign Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. Predators chairman Tom Cigarran:

    “We were going to keep the very best players to the extent we can, to the extent they want to play here,” Cigarran told the Tennessean. “To the extent they want to play here, we would step up and make sure we had the money available to pay them.”

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks GM Doug Wilson got a vote of confidence from ownership, but the coaching staff hasn’t received one yet. Wilson is still in the review process, which should be completed over the next couple weeks. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Coach Todd McLellan has 2 years left on his deal, and LeBrun thinks he’ll remain with the team. New Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would definitely be interested in Alain Vigneault if the Canucks fired him. Marc Crawford could also be in the mix for the Canadiens job. Darren Dreger reported that Bob Hartley and Michel Therrien are in consideration. The sale of the St. Louis Blues to minority owner Tom Stillman is “very close.”
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators top 5 offseason priorities: 1. Bring back Daniel Alfredsson 2. Sign defenceman Erik Karlsson 3. Re-sign center Chris Kelly as a UFA 4. Trade defenceman Sergei Gonchar 5. Buy out winger Bobby Butler.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues tried to upgrade their blueline at the trade deadline, but were unsuccessful. Kent Huskins will likely replace Ian Cole tonight. Matt D’Agostini could replace Alex Steen on the line with Andy McDonald and David Backes. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wanted to rule Jaroslav Halak out of the series to eliminate any potential distraction.

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